i said on my Facebook-
Cherian George…you are my new idol!
NTU don’t know what they missed that such an outstanding person as yourself could be denied tenure & have to find employment in HK..
PAP leaders should seriously listen to you!
such fairness, moderation, balance, intellectual honesty & calm & incisiveness!
all my friends, please listen to this guy…
agree with & learn from everything you said, in particular LKY’s incorruptibility & how Singapore is so lucky to have him!
i had expected a very professional analysis but with the usual fashionable western liberal emphasis on mr lee’s intolerance towards alternative views. after all cherian george does have some very recent legitimate grievances with NTU denying tenure.
it is NTU’s & Singapore’s great loss that the man is now plying his trade in hong kong.
instead his depth & incisiveness demonstrated true intellectual honesty, moderation & balance in examining the issues and also genuine care for singapore’s future. it is a fair & balanced mind with respect for the truth (& equal respect for other human beings with difference of opinions) that is constantly considering, weighing alternative viewpoints & angles, & new facts & information.
cherian spoke as he believed. his was not some shallow piece beautifully crafted to appear to be balanced & fair in order to look good or to impress, which i see often these days circulated on the social media.
i liked his observation that mr lee was in fact more liberal & ahead of the curve than the present PAP leadership, that it is in fact the present leadership that is dogmatic clinging to past formulas of success rather than working from basic pragmatic principles of service & what’s good for singapore. in contrast, the founding fathers under the leadership of mr lee had been truly pragmatic, serving & delivering what was good & what worked for singapore & not constrained by dogma & ideology.
cherian’s humanity & generosity of heart really resonate with me. mr lee & his generation of leaders were pragmatic because they cared so much about the well being of the people of singapore.